Studies have proven that happiness is measured by progress. To answer the question, ”Am I successful and happy?”, people review their lives to see what they’ve accomplished and achieved. Often times, people are turned off by their answers because they are not where they’ve envisioned themselves to be; they do not have the financial freedom that they’ve imagined they would have.
However, people rarely pause to ask themselves, whether or not they are measuring progress with the correct measurements. Society taught us to measure progress through monetary means. But, that’s wrong; progress should be measured by the amount of lessons learned and knowledge acquired. When it comes to starting a new business, embarking on a new journey towards self-discovery, beginning a new relationship, etc, regardless of it working out or not, you’ve progressed if you’ve took something from it.
Success and failure- such a thin line between the two terms. The only thing that differentiates the two is your perception. A situation or outcome is only negative when you choose to see the hurt and pain as the bigger picture. You can take situations that were not to your expectations and perceive it as lessons learned or fail attempts. I’m sure we’ve all heard that gratuity is an essential ingredient to happiness and it’s not wrong because we get more of what we focus on. If we focus on what great abundance and joy we have, we will naturally see more good in the world.
To end it, I wish everyone a beautiful new year. May we shift our perception towards happiness, find more love in simple things, and break free of societal pollution. J